“the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars”
Born in Minnetonka, Minnesota to a CPA and a mortgage banker, I was destined to become a bit nerdy. We did flashcards for fun growing up and I realized once I got to geometry that our computer games were actually math lessons. Parenting FTW.
Raised in Boulder, Colorado, I fell in love with the great outdoors pretty early. I mean, how can you not when the flatirons are practically in your backyard! Joining outdoor ed club in middle school may not have aided in my coolness factor, but it fueled my passion and after a weeklong backpacking trip through Canyonlands National Park in Moab, Utah, I was hooked.
We can fast forward through high school – it was really just a blur of choir concerts, soccer games, being a little reckless and finally coming out of my awkward stage 😉
Like half of my graduating class, I started college at the University of Colorado at Boulder until I decided that I needed to quench my burning desire to work in the fashion industry. Enter, FIDM – the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising – and my 6 month stint living downtown Los Angeles. Now, 6 months may not be a long time, but it can feel like an eternity if you’re not meant to be living in the city. And I definitely was not meant to live in LA. I did, however, meet a rad chick who is still one of my best friends, and we lived off ramen in a super slick apartment. Typical.
I finished my degree in Marketing and Management at a tiny mountain college – Western State Colorado University – tucked away in the Gunnison valley near Crested Butte, Colorado, and was reminded just how much I love the outdoors. I also took a stab at cheerleading, which was ridiculously comical.
Finally, I moved back to Boulder, met a man who swept me off my feet, got hitched and decided to start writing about my adventures in hopes of inspiring other people – especially you young women – to get outdoors, to travel and see the world; it’s the best teacher.
This is that man, btw: